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“Nothing special” 3 of 5 stars
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Hilton Arlington
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   950 North Stafford Street, Arlington, VA 22203   |  
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Dallas, TX
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“Nothing special”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2007

For a Hilton this was a slightly disappointing experience. Now, don't get me wrong, this place was perfectly adequate for visiting our nation's capitol as a tourist. But our room was shockingly small. The corridors were not air conditioned, and in June, it was miserable to make the short walk from the elevator to our room at the end of the hall. Maybe the AC was just broken during our visit.

Our room was clean and comfortable, and pretty quiet. The great advantage of this hotel is is proximity to the Metro stop and the adjacent mall.

The restaurant was weak at best. Our stay included free breakfast each morning, and we wished we had gone across the parking lot to the IHOP next door. Next time we will. The air conditioning was also out in the restaurant, but they brought in some noisy portable AC units.

It wasn't a bad experience at all. I guess I just expected a warmer, more upscale experience from this hotel. Would we stay here again? Maybe, because of the incredible convenience of the Metro, nearby dining, and the mall. But more likely, we will probably just stay in DC as close to the mall as we can get.

  • Liked — Location next to Metro stop
  • Disliked — Just not as nice as I expected from a Hilton
  • Stayed June 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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San Diego
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23 hotel reviews
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103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2007

Stayed at the Hilton Arlington for business meetings two blocks away and stayed on for a little sightseeing. The location (literally on top of a Metro station) is very convenient. It is 20 minutes from the Capitol and about the same from Arlington Cemetery - easy to get to most anywhere in the area.

The room was generous sized and decently furnished. But the view was of a cluttered roof and the offices across the street. The TV stations are limited. There was no list in the room of hotel amenities - because there really aren't any. No pool, no gym, very limited meeting rooms, and the internet connection and cell phone reception (Verizon for me) are spotty and inconsistent.

The staff is accommodating. The restaurant is OK, but not very populated (at least during the week.) I ate in the bar so as not to be served in solitary splendor in the dining room.

If you take a cab to this Hilton, be sure you know that cabbies refer to it as the Ballston Hilton (for the Metro station and the neigborhood) because there is another one nearby.

  • Liked — Convenient location
  • Disliked — Just bland, nothing special
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Philly
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2007

This is a great location - very easy to get around with the metro. Lots of bars and restaurants to choose from within walking distance. Will definitely be back!

  • Stayed June 2007, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Hillsborough, New Jersey
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2007

My husband and I stayed for the weekend and were very pleased . We wanted a nicer hotel with the plush beds and sheets and that is what we got. It felt a little more masculine with the dark woods and tan/brown colors, but it was very classy.(The candid traveler photos were exactly right!) The front desk gave us a room at check in (10:45 am) even though we were expecting to have to wait until 3pm. That was a nice surprise. The bathroom was very nice with plenty of towels. There was a hair dryer, ironing board with iron, mouthwash, in addition to shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and shower cap. The front desk was helpful in giving me bandaids for my blisters after walking all day, and giving us a list of restaurants nearby. We went to the Italian restaurant Tutto Benne and it was delicious. The bed was really comfortable and we slept really well. We did not find the A/C too loud. During the week, it looks like you get a USA Today delivered to your room. We did not eat at the hotel, but there is a french pastry shop on the ground floor, and we had our breakfasts there . As in a fruit tart or napolean for breakfast! The Ballston Metro station is just under the hotel so it was really convenient. It was so nice to know that when we got off the metro, we would not need to walk several blocks to get to the hotel (which we have done before). All the museums, and DC attractions are about a 15-25 min metro ride so we just left the car in the hotel parking lot. The parking was $17daily with in/out privilages and the all day Metro card is $6.50 per person. We got a good rate (I think) because my husband is a Hilton Honors member and got a corporate rate discount due to his company . It is definitely worth asking about any special rates for any affiliations- ie. AAA, AARP, Costco etc. It was a romantic weekend getaway for us and the Hilton Arlington delivered. .

  • Liked — location, plush and comfortable
  • Disliked — we enjoyed it all
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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La Verne, California
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2007

This hotel is right above the Metro. We just walked out the door and hopped onto the Metro and we in Downtown DC in 15 minutes. There is a restaurant just outside the doors as well. We ate and drank at the bar nightly. The hotel offered us complimentary breakfast downstairs each morning because the club level breakfast room was being remodeled. I wouldn't pay for it though. (overpriced). Nice big rooms, fluffy towels, comfy beds. CLEAN. We were checked in with smiles and friendly staff. Had a great time in DC over the Memorial Holiday. We had a rental car and could go in and out when we wanted. No problem

  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Basel, Switzerland
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2007

The Hilton Arlington is located directly on top of the Ballston metro station. The centre of DC can be reached in some 15 minutes. While there are some restaurants and shops next to the hotel, Clarendon (two metro stops away) offers a much better selection.

The rooms are nicely decorated and clean, but a bit on the small side. As others already mentioned the air conditioning is too noisy to be used during the night. The wireless internet access was available although reception in my rather remote room was not great. The restaurant is located on the mezzanine level. The breakfast buffet was pretty limited and service was ok.

The hotel did not provide any benefits for HH Gold.

  • Disliked — Noisy air conditioning
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2007

I was all set to book a reservation through hotels.com to stay at this hotel. When I went to finish the reservation, I noticed a fee of $20 for an "extra person fee." There were only going to be TWO people in that room! Hotels.com was kind and called the hotel to see if they would waive it. They said absolutely NOT. I called the 800 number for Hilton. The representative was unpleasant and curt and said that the $20 fee was for water and electricity! When I asked for the direct hotel number, she said that there wasn't one! What a scam! I am staying elsewhere now and Hilton will, hopefully, have an empty room. Is there an extra charge for an "Empty Room Fee?"

Stayed May 2007
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Also Known As:
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Address: 950 North Stafford Street, Arlington, VA 22203
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Location: United States > Virginia > Arlington
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#19 Business Hotel in Arlington
#20 Family Hotel in Arlington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hilton Arlington 3.5*
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Situated in the upscale Ballston community, the Hilton Arlington Virginia is adjacent to the Metro and minutes from downtown Washington DC. Walking distance to shopping, nightlife and restaurants. ... more   less 
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